I’ve thought a lot about timebanking and timebanks. I tried to start one a few times in my tiny town. I still hope it happens. But, it seems there is an informal one that has gone on for a hundred years without tech. No records are kept, memory suffices. That’s why no one really thought we needed a system out here. There is a system in place embedded in the life of this tiny town.
Still the idea of a timebank fascinates me. I found a global timebank recently called Time Replublik. I started to test it out today. Almost instantly I found two talented gentlemen willing to take a few things off my overfull plate. A composer responded first, Flavio M. living in Rome, who is willing to trade some of my hours for some music I need for a project. His style is splendid and just what I am looking for and he’s incredibly gracious in email. And Marius Gheghici of Sligo, Ireland who will help me with a technical bottleneck holding up one of my volunteer projects, also gracious and warm and most helpful. Doers who give…my kind of people!
Having this experience so immediately makes me want to give back as soon as I am able in a way that makes a person’s day the way Flavio and Marius just made mine.
Timebanks Serve Everyone with Skills To Share – Not Just Techies.
What do you have to give? What do you need? There are so many kinds of gifts and so many ways you can make someone’s day measurably better. You don’t need to be a technical whiz or a composing genius! Just someone with a gift. That gift may simply be time. Take a look at all the ways people are giving of themselves and of their time on Time Republik. And of course, TimeRepublik works just as well as a local timebank given their geo-local features and mapping. If you are local to Eastern Oregon please be sure to find me there and connect!
I’m struck lately by how fast the world is spinning. People who are a bit older feel it more intensely.
I moved from a place with no seasons to a place with four which also added to the sense of the hours flying by.
Without kids I don’t have that other strange measure of watching a baby become a man or woman seemingly overnight, but every parent I know says that’s how it is. Time is precious and fleeting. When someone gives you theirs it’s truly a gift and one not to be taken lightly.
I take nothing for granted. I hope you don’t either…time is whizzing by!
Disclosure: I get extra time in my bank when you use those links and sign up. But, be sure I will give back – and put any hours I gain to very good use.
Do you need a website to use TimeRepublik? No, but it helps. Here’s a way to get up and running fast.